ALERT: With the improvements in our air quality, THPRD will be OPEN this weekend. All parks, trails, and natural areas are open.
The following facilities are OPEN as well: Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center, Tualatin Hills Athletic Center, & the Babette Horenstein Tennis Center.
Whether at your school's science fair, business' Earth Day celebration or neighborhood block party, our environmental education instructors can set up and facilitate a hands-on discovery station for all ages to experience. Most stations can be set up indoors or outdoors. See below for common topics:
Find out if you can match a beaver's skills by understanding water flow to create your own dam. See and touch a beaver pelt and skull to learn what adaptations make them one of nature's most effective ecosystem engineers.
Do You Dig It?
Why do people have compost/worm bins? Find out in this interactive program where we bring a working worm bin for participants to investigate each wormy layer up close. Learn about healthy soil, decomposers, and how plants and animals need both to survive.
Feathers and Fat
Did you ever wonder how animals stay warm even when temperatures are below freezing? Experience firsthand what it feels like to be a chubby chipmunk storing up for winter or a pint-sized duck on a freezing cold pond. What adaptations do these and other creatures have to help them survive in harsh weather?
From the famous banana slug to the illusive wood snail, learn about the unique adaptations these land mollusks have to survive. Then head to the races, where wagers are set as to which slug can cross the finish line first.
Whooo's That Bird?
Not only are owls fascinating predators, but they have an unusual way of devouring their prey- whole! Learn about local owl species and their other adaptations while checking out specimens and dissecting owl pellets.
Nature Station Pricing
Prices by event length. There is a $2.50 per mile travel fee from the Nature Center.
Bring nature into your classroom with one of these traveling environmental education programs led by our experienced instructors. Each program includes a story, real specimens, hands-on learning compontents and ways for students to connect to the natural world in their very own community!
Ages 3-8 years
Cutting down trees, building dams, and swimming, swimming, swimming--beavers
are busy! Discover how beavers get all of their chores done.
From being born in the water to hovering high up in the sky, the dragonfly lives an interesting life. Learn about the dragonfly life cycle and some of their amazing adaptations.
Most people recognize these creatures by their bandit antics and their black masks. Discover how raccoons use their senses and other adaptations to find food and shelter.
Find out what makes our local owls different from other birds and where to look for these nocturnal creatures when you are outside at night.
Woody Wood Ducks
From nesting in trees to swimming in ponds, learn how to recognize one of the most colorful ducks in the world, the Wood Duck, next time you see one in your neighborhood park.
Ages 6+ years
Discover animals big and small as we examine their bones and pelts to figure out how their
adaptations help them survive in the wild. Investigate the interactions between predators and their prey.
Flying Feathered Friends
Birds are unique in many ways. Learn about what makes a bird a bird, what they eat, and how they build nests. Then pick up some tips for your next birding adventure.
Inspire Nature in Children
Ever wanted to inspire a sense of wonder and a better appreciation of nature in children, as a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle, or babysitter? This program is an opportunity to learn naturalist skills from a seasoned expert and become a nature mentor.
All program prices include up to 12 youth or 15 adult participants
For each additional participant there is a $4 fee
A $2.50/mile travel fee is charged (from Nature Center to the event location)
Consecutively scheduled programs with less than a 30 minute break in between will only pay one travel fee
We have a variety of additional activities to choose from, so please email or call the Tualatin Hills Nature Center at 503-629-6350 to discuss special requests and find out how we can customize any program for your specific event!
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